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Once again, I am the Honey Provider :D - A very happy insect.

 
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Aug 10, 2012 17:38 |  #1

Once again I captured a visitor to our home. This time a Helophilus Trivittatus Hover Fly (Male). This guy was a large one. Almost as large as the Drone flies that seem to have invaded our garden.

Having captured it within a glass, I once again set to providing a small droplet of honey on a sheet of white paper. Placing the glass over it, I waited about a minute before the hover found the honey and gorged itself.

Firstly a cheeky little shot in the glass.

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Then a variation of shots. Sorry there's so many but when you have such a compliant subject, you take liberties.

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The next two, you can see a couple of droplets on the eye

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This one I took as a typical entomology study book style shot

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And this final shot was taken with two extension tubes (can't remember which ones)

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Aug 10, 2012 17:42 |  #2

Gorgeous shots...Such beautiful color and fine detail!


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Aug 10, 2012 18:09 |  #3

The little thing has found the mother lode ;)


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Aug 10, 2012 18:16 |  #4

Beautiful captures Ian, i like the idea of capturing it in a glass first. I must look into some extension tubes as this is the kind of detail i'd love to get. I have a 2.8L macro, so what would your recommendations on tubes be.


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Aug 10, 2012 18:57 |  #5

great set ian.
nice detail


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Aug 10, 2012 18:57 |  #6

Thank you all for your kind comments :).

Mat, I use Kenko Extension tubes. They have the electrical contacts to permit auto-focus if needed and also fit very well. You can get really cheap tubes but often don't have the contacts, sometimes you have to force your aperture into a specific setting before using and often they fit badly letting light leak in or even pulling causing the camera to error.

The only shot I used the tubes on is that very last one and it wasn't at full mag. I could have gone closer :)


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Aug 10, 2012 19:28 |  #7

Ian, these are so good they look like detailed drawings.




  
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Aug 10, 2012 21:08 |  #8

Thanks for the info Ian. Kenko tubes it is then.That last pic is a ripper.


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Aug 10, 2012 21:23 |  #9

Cheers Rick :)

Good stuff Mat. Thanks again.


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Aug 10, 2012 22:48 as a reply to  @ IanClark's post |  #10

Great images! Could it fly away after finishing the feast?


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Aug 11, 2012 01:37 |  #11

Wonderful series Ian
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Aug 11, 2012 03:16 |  #12

Wonderful captures Ian.


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Aug 11, 2012 03:52 |  #13

Cheers guys. Yes it was quite ok to fly :D. Perhaps a little slower hehe


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Aug 11, 2012 12:03 |  #14

Amazing shots, the detail of the eye in the last one is awesome.




  
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Aug 12, 2012 05:51 |  #15

Thanks Mr.Aros :)


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